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More Isn’t Always Better

We are experiencing more of many things, mostly nothing to feel good about. Sadly we are seeing more families with food shortages, more individuals who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic many of which may not return, more economic hardships, more people without health insurance, ...

Recent Actions Taken On The Lake

I think it was a mistake for the Town of Ellery and Chautauqua Lake Partnership to bring a lawsuit against the DEC as to herbicide application. Lawsuits tend to cement people into immovable positions. In addition, under state law in a legal action against a state agency, the presumption of ...

A Response To Thanksgiving And It’s Pandemic-Based Redesign

Happy Thanksgiving to all. For many, this holiday has and always will be the best holiday of the year. It is uniquely American. And it’s about family and gathering with people we love more than anything. For 32 years, I’ve made the same stuffing, draped the same white cloth over the ...

It May Be A Doozie — But It’s Also Perfectly Legal

The opinion piece by Dan McLaughlin in The Post-Journal (Oct. 24, 2020) was so one-sided as to be laughable. The piece was full of distortions and outright lies, innuendoes and smears. It was obviously intended to scare the heebie jeebies out of you:( “Dems, Your Leaders are Radicals”) ...

Recent Actions Taken On The Lake

I think it was a mistake for the Town of Ellery and Chautauqua Lake Partnership to bring a lawsuit against the DEC as to herbicide application. Lawsuits tend to cement people into immovable positions. In addition, under state law in a legal action against a state agency, the presumption of ...

More Isn’t Always Better

We are experiencing more of many things, mostly nothing to feel good about. Sadly we are seeing more families with food shortages, more individuals who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic many of which may not return, more economic hardships, more people without health insurance, many ...

It May Be A Doozie — But It’s Also Perfectly Legal

The opinion piece by Dan McLaughlin in The Post-Journal (Oct. 24, 2020) was so one-sided as to be laughable. The piece was full of distortions and outright lies, innuendoes and smears. It was obviously intended to scare the heebie jeebies out of you:( “Dems, Your Leaders are Radicals”) ...

A Response To Thanksgiving And It’s Pandemic-Based Redesign

Happy Thanksgiving to all. For many, this holiday has and always will be the best holiday of the year. It is uniquely American. And it’s about family and gathering with people we love more than anything. For 32 years, I’ve made the same stuffing, draped the same white cloth over the ...

Watch Where Major Parties Go Next

After a presidential election, members of the major party whose candidate came up short often assess where they go next. After the 2020 election, members of both major parties may do that. Please don’t take the word of today’s column, which was deliberately written and submitted before ...

COVID, Cousins And Christmastime

I was always aware of cousins. We did not even have a car until 1952. Our house was within walking distance of the steel fabricating plant where Dad worked. Three of his brothers also worked there and lived within walking distance. Mom’s family of six siblings was further east in Warren, ...

Giving Thanks In The Valley

This year is shaping up to be one of the most trying we have seen. It’s so strange to continue your life in the middle of a pandemic, obviously making huge changes, but still seeing the same streets, the same buildings, your same house and all that goes with it. In some ways, so much has ...

Returning To Normal

I don’t know about you but, as to politics, I am glad the election is over and things are returning a bit to normal. The Presidential election campaign was too long, too contentious and too all-consuming. I feel out of breath. At my age, enough is enough. Okay, we might have disagreed ...

NH Gov Calls Biden’s National Mask Mandate A ‘Political Talking Point’

President-elect Joe Biden’s call for a national mask mandate will be met with a cold shoulder by New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, who dismissed the notion of national safety mandates as “a nice political talking point.” Biden has posted his plan to address COVID-19 once he takes ...

Take A Look At How Maine Splits Their Electoral Votes

I like the way Maine does their ballots and splits the electoral college votes. I have always felt that New York City controls our entire state of New York during the voting process. All 29 electoral votes always go to the Democrats and everyone knows it. It’s not a fair way to do ...

What Have We Done?

It is now five days after the election and we have no definitive answer as to who won. I know there were other times when the results were not known, but that was back in the horse and buggy days. With today’s technology things ought to be better and not worse. It would appear that most ...

Bias Is Undeniable In National Press

There’s no need for the dust to settle from the 2020 election to see one of the casualties. It’s the last shred of credibility of much of the national press. It’s gone. Gone. One need not be a current-events expert to understand this: If anyone doubted that much of the national ...

Challenging Validity Of Election Is Outrageous

In 1970, in the first general election in which I was a candidate, I lost. I didn’t like losing, but I learned a big lesson: in a contested election, there is always someone who wins and someone who loses. Losing does not mean that you are bad, it just means that you didn’t have enough ...

Best Way To Recover From COVID-19 Is Not To Get It At All

Almost every person in America is tired of hearing about ‘the virus’ and the increasing tolls from COVID-19. Nearly all of us want the kids back in school where teachers teach face to face, little girls dance and sing, little guys play, and parents joy as they see their children learn and ...

Compare Votes To Historical Trends

America’s major political parties are continually shifting alliances of voters. What Democrats and Republicans have historically been isn’t what they are today. Likewise, Americans’ affinities for the major political parties are continually shifting. Please don’t take the word of ...

Vote For Right Now Or For Future

I am still not sure who will get my vote for President today. My quandary is not indecision between Republican Donald Trump, the incumbent, and Democrat Joe Biden, the challenger. I am trying to decide how far into the future I want the effect of my vote to linger. “Into the future” ...